Top 7 Best Snipers In American History!
- Published on: 8/27/2017
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7. Carlos Norman Hathcock
Carlos Hathcock is a Marine Corps sniper whose success in the Vietnam war became legendary. He is famous for his confirmed count of 93. It is most likely that is was much higher. Carlos estimated that he’d probably taken out over 300 enemy fighters during his career. This suspicion is backed up by the fact that a bounty was put on his head by the North Vietnamese of $30,000 – about 15 times more than the usual rate for snipers. They called him the ‘White Feather’, because of a feather that he would wear on his hat to spite the enemy. This name was later given to a variant of the M21 rifle in his honor.
He first deployed to in 1966 as a military policeman but was soon transferred to the 1st Marine Division Sniper Platoon. He returned to the US a year later after a particularly brutal mission. Carlos shared that his best shot was when he was able to eliminate a woman known as Apache. He and his spotter were following her and got their chance when she stepped off the trail to pee. In 1969 he returned to Vietnam to command a platoon of snipers. While he was never hit by an enemy bullet, he was severely injured when the armored vehicle he was traveling in hit an anti-tank mine. He suffered third-degree burns before escaping the wreckage and received the purple heart for his brave efforts.
6. Lee Harvey Oswald
Lee Harvey Oswald will go down in infamy as the man who President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. According to four Federal government investigations, Oswald Kennedy as the President traveled by motorcade in Dallas, Texas.
While most of us already know all of this, did you know that Oswald was also a former U.S. Marine? Oswald enlisted in 1956, just after his 17th birthday. He was trained and tested and scored 212, slightly above the requirements to be a sharpshooter. He was court-martialed after accidentally shooting himself in the elbow with an unauthorized .22 and several other incidents where he inexplicably fired his rifle. Just before turning 20, he was discharged from the Marine Corps and Oswald defected to the Soviet Union. He eventually returned to the US in 1962. If he was, in fact, the lone of President Kennedy, this means that he was an incredibly skilled marksman. Although the distance from JFK’s car was never more than about 90 yards during the shooting, there are many factors that made this shot extremely difficult. The car was moving away, it was blocked by an oak tree, all of the shots were fired within a very short amount of time, and most importantly, the only rifle that could have been used was nowhere near that accurate. During the investigation, expert riflemen from the US Army and the FBI attempted to duplicate the shot. Even after fixing the gun and shooting at stationary targets, they were unable to accurately shoot the two hits out of three, within 6 seconds, that supposedly Oswald had made.
5. Chuck Mawhinney
Charles “Chuck” Mawhinney was one of the most courageous snipers of the Vietnam War with 103 confirmed. He holds the record for the most confirmed by a US Marine. Son of a WWII Marine Corp veteran, he began shooting at a very young age and was an avid hunter. When he graduated from high school in 1967, he immediately joined the Marine Corps. A year later he was sent to Vietnam where he continued “hunting”. One of his most famous engagements was at night. A large North Vietnamese Army force was spotted moving its way south toward the US base near Da Nang. A monsoon prohibited any air support so Mawhinney volunteered to cover a river crossing where the Vietnamese were expected to march across. He left his sniper rifle at the base and went with an M14 semiautomatic rifle and a Starlight scope, an early night vision device. He engaged the enemy at ranges from 25-75 meters. He is now famous for stopping this by hitting 16 headshots in 30 seconds at night, during bad weather.
After leaving the Marine Corps, he married and worked for the U.S. Forest Service until he retired in the early 1990s. Mawhinney told no one about his service as a sniper and did not even know about his record. He was suddenly made famous in 1991 when a fellow Marine sniper, Joseph Ward, wrote about him in his book.
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